Los Angeles 002 (RV001)

Registry:   RV001
Mineral Name:   Los Angeles 002
Source:   California
Mineral Size: 3.27 grams

Sale Price:  $3,250.00   (Enquire)


As reported in Meteoritical Bulletin #84:

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County, California, USA
Recognized 1999 October 30
Martian basalt (shergottite)

Two stones, weighing 452.6 and 245.4 g, respectively, were found by Bob Verish in his backyard while he was cleaning out a box of rocks that was part of his rock collection. The specimens may have been collected ~ 20 years ago in the Mojave Desert. Classification and mineralogy (A. Rubin, P. Warren, and J. Greenwood, UCLA): a basalt with a texture closely resembling that of the QUE 94201; plagioclase laths, 43.6 vol%, An41Or4 to An58Or1, have been shocked to maskelynite; Ca-pyroxene, 37.7 vol%, ranges from Fs45Wo13 to Fs45Wo37 to Fs72Wo24; other mineral modes (in vol%), silica = 4.9, fayalite = 4.2, K-rich felsic glass = 2.4, titanomagnetite = 3.5, Ca phosphate = 2.7 (including whitlockite and chlorapatite), pyrrhotite = 0.7, and ilmenite = 0.2; contains a higher proportion of plagioclase than Shergotty or Zagami, and has pyroxene that is moderately more ferroan than that in QUE 94201. Specimens: main masses with finder; 30 g, UCLA; 20 g, SI. Note, one may encounter references to the two masses as Los Angeles 001 and 002, or stone no. 1 and stone no. 2, respectively; these are unofficial designations.


Excellent slice, with a smidgen of crust.

About 26 x 26 x 2mm.


The specimens may have been collected ~ 20 years ago in the Mojave Desert.